Written by practising artists, our Art Techniques online course is perfect if you want to build and develop your existing art skills. Previous students of this popular course often pursue their art studies long after course completion, with some eventually progressing to degree level.
From still life and the human figure, to getting to know your materials and the use of themes, this course explores the key techniques you need to draw and paint successfully. You’ll study and practise a range of core concepts such as line, tone, shape, perceptive and colour, as well as gaining an understanding of leading artists, both past and present.
Critically, our Art Techniques online course will encourage you to draw, whenever and wherever you can! This will improve your practical skills at a fast pace, whilst also enabling you to move in new, fresh creative directions!
If you enjoy drawing and painting, relish creative thinking and have an interest in learning more about famous artists, our Art Techniques online course is the perfect choice!
Whether you’re a doodler, have dabbled with water colours, oil paints or pastels – this practical course invites to expand your current skills across a range of media. Working at your own pace, using fully-illustrated, accessible course materials, with the support of an expert tutor, you’ll expand your technical knowledge and experience.
Our Art Techniques online course is ideal if you:
Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Still life
Section 3: The human figure
Section 4: Themes
Study Art Techniques with us and benefit from:
Choose when and where you access your course, using learn@nec our 24/7 learning platform.
This easy-to-use learning platform includes interactive checkpoints, quizzes and activities to help you evaluate your progress.
You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners.
Meet Jane who is just one of our first-class art tutors:
“I’ve been involved in distance education for many years, and have been a practising artist all my adult life. In my own creative practice, my main interests are in drawing, illustration, printmaking, animation and painting, and also digital art. Learning to draw is the platform for a satisfying creative adventure with art: looking intensively at the work of other artists is essential to developing your own work. My knowledge of art history means I can pinpoint examples of artists to help you develop your own practice. I have a first degree in Fine Art and English and a PGCE in Art Education.”
You will need acrylic paints in the following colours:
We recommend buying medium-size tubes for every colour except white, as these will contain around 38ml (depending on the manufacturer). The exception is white as you will require more of this colour, so we recommend a 120ml size tube. The above is a basic list to start you off; if you have particular preferences of your own, add them in.
Our course fees are 100% transparent to help you plan for any additional costs.
Your course fee includes:
Your course fee does not cover:
It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or you can spread the cost over monthly instalments with our finance offer. We offer a choice of six or 12 month repayment plans, with 0% APR as standard.
To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.
Course fee: £395
Amount of credit: £355.50
Monthly payment: £59.25
Duration of agreement: 6 months
Total repayable: £395.00
Rate of interest: 0% (fixed)
0% APR representative.
The National Extension College (NEC) work with finance company Deko. For more information on our relationship with Deko and repayment plans click here.